I'm so excited to share the first interview in the Creative Mothers Series! I love reading all of the amazing interviews and can't wait to see how this series develops over the next few weeks.
So now let me introduce you to the creative Rachelle aka InspiritedMama. I love how she is creative in so many ways and enjoys it all. And I highly recommend reading her advice a few times, it's good stuff!
Thank you so much Rachelle for participating and sharing!
Rachelle W aka InspiritedMama
My art has taken so many forms over the years. Originally I was a writer, through and through. I spent HOURS writing, story after story. I couldn't NOT write. More recently my art has been in the kitchen and with fabric. I'm working on getting myself a permanent creative space in my house to really focus on the fabric side of creating, and hopefully writing again as well. I've never met a creative thing I didn't like. For me, the things I create are for others. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than gifting someone with a homemade item. Whether it's clothing, food, art, whatever. I'd love to one day make it a business. We've been looking into running a cottage business where I can sell homemade bread, jams, preserves and quilts out of the house.
1. What is your earliest memory you have of creating?
I wrote a story for a contest when I was in Grade One. King of Candy Land. Was published in an anthology. That's my first really clear memory of creating.
2. When did you realize you were an artist, writer, creative etc.?
I don't know that I ever "realized it", I just always have been. My dad is an artist and was always painting, drawing, etc. So to me, that's just what people did.
3. Why do you create? How would you feel if you could not create anymore?
I've gone through periods where, for one reason or another I haven't been expressing my creative side. I get cranky. It's not quick, but slowly I just feel like I'm losing myself. And when I start to create again, in any fashion, I feel better.
4. Did you create before you had children? After? How has becoming a mother changed or enhanced the way you create?
Definitely created before I had Minime. And still create after. Now, a lot of my creations are for her, or others. I think since I've become a mother my creations are my way of showing love, both to her, and others around me.
5. What is the most challenging thing about being a mother and an artist? How do you handle those challenges?
Time, and money. There's only so much budget to go around, and Minime is a creator as well. I want to make sure she has access to materials, but I need them too!
Like any mom, balancing the time is always tricky. It's led to a lot of sleepless nights for me.
6. Do you ever involve your children in your art? Do they inspire, help, mimic your projects, ask to learn, or be involved in your art?
Sometimes. Especially in the kitchen. To me, even making dinner can be art and Mini loves to help! For other projects, we don't tend to work together on a single project, but we will both be, say... painting. A favorite activity is to turn on classical music really loud (Minime says classical is the best music for creating) and then set up the easels in the living room. Many a day has slid by in such a fashion.
7. What have you sacrificed in order to make art?
Time doing other things. And for me... being so interested in all kinds of art, pursuing all my various passions in the creative context means I'm not really an expert at anything.
8. What have you gained from creating art?
My creative pursuits have really helped me keep a sense of self while being a Mom. It can really take over if you let it, but taking time to still create means prioritizing ME over Mini sometimes, and that's OK.
9. Where do you want your art to go over the next few years? Goals?
I'd love to find a way to monetize it, like I think a lot of Moms do. In particular the baking aspect. I also want to expand my art to interior decorating as well.
10. At this time, what could you sacrifice, change, or simplify to help reach your artistic goals?
Less time mucking about doing other things. I spend a lot of time playing computer games (and I like them!) but to really get better at drawing in particular I need to spend more time DOING it. I always tell Minime "practice makes better" but I don't always practice that myself sometimes.
11. Do you homeschool? Do the kids go to school? How does this affect your creativity and art making?
We don't homeschool I really WISH we could. But we have a homeschool environment anyways. For us that means that creating and art making is a priority. I have many times sacrificed the surface of my dining table to an ongoing project that just can't be put away yet. But I love it.
12. What does a typical day/week look like? Are you a morning or night person? Do you stick to a schedule or create whenever you can?
No schedules here, but I like routines. There really aren't typical days here. I get up, make lunch for the hubby, send him off to work. Feed the dog, hamster, and fish. Spend time working on dog training. Then hamster socialization (we have a little baby hamster). Then the rest of the day is spent doing all kinds of things. Setting up my workspace in the bedroom (it's coming VERY slowly). Working on making the perfect sourdough loaf, various projects that need finishing (blinds, scrapbooks, etc). I try and get dinner started before N gets home, and we spend our evenings either gaming together, or working on projects.
13. Can you offer any advice or tips to other creative mothers on? Inspiration, wisdom?
Don't be afraid to claim your time. So many parents, moms especially, want to give EVERYTHING to their kids. And that's admirable, but not really sustainable. Make your own enrichment in the form of creative pursuits a priority. Both in the budget and in time. Let yourself buy new art supplies sometimes, and tell the kids to go play by themselves while you create.
14. Finally, name an artistic mother who inspires you. Why and how does she inspire you?
I don't know that I can list anyone specifically. There are SO many! I follow some amazingly creative women on twitter.
Are you a Creative Mother, or do you know one? Want to be interviewed? Send me an email at email@example.com and I will send you the interview questions and info that I need.
I'm no longer doing Creative Mothers interview, but this will remain as an archive. Thank you for all of the love!
About the Series
Let's face it, being a mother can be the most challenging, and the most rewarding thing. Being a mother who needs to be creative can be even more challenging, it can even feel lonely at times.
So let's dig deeper into the lives of creative mothers, share their amazing work, and get some insight into creating while parenting. Hopefully, inspiring other artistic, creative mothers, and women who may one day be mothers themselves, along the way.
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